O'Donnell Awards Nomination Guidelines and Application


The 2016 O'Donnell Awards call for nominations will begin late January 2015.

Eligibility: Medicine, Engineering and Science Awards

  • Nominees must be within 15 years of first faculty appointment (2001).
  • Nominees must have spent the past two years (ending October 31, 2015) performing research or developing technology in Texas.
  • Past nominees may be re-nominated.
  • If a team is nominated, at least one team member must meet these eligibility standards.
  • TAMEST members are not eligible for nomination.

2016 Science Award - Physical Sciences

The O'Donnell Awards Selection Committee will give preference to nominations for research in the physical sciences for the 2016 Science Award. The Committee will give preference to nominations for research in the biological sciences for the 2017 Science Award.

Eligibility: Technology Innovation Award

  • Nominees must be continually employed in the state of Texas for the past two years (ending October 31, 2015).
  • Nominees must not have exceeded age 52 at the end of the year in which the nomination is made.
  • For team nominations, at least one team member must meet all eligibility requirements, and must have had substantial responsibility for the development of the technology being considered.
  • TAMEST members are not eligible for nomination.

General guidelines

  • Nominators may designate one or more award categories as appropriate, however, the O’Donnell Awards Selection Committee reserves the option to consider a nomination in any category.
  • Past nominees may be re-nominated by completing the re-nomination form. Although not required, additional or updated information may be submitted for consideration in the 2016 review process.
  • Eligible nominators include TAMEST members, university presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice-presidents for research, deans, or industry executives.
  • If the committee elects to recognize more than one individual in a field, the $25,000 honorarium will be divided evenly among the winners and each will receive a citation and statue.

Selection process

The selection process includes reviews by the TAMEST's Awards Committee in consultation with selected national experts from the National Academies and from industry, plus a panel of Nobel Laureates from Texas. TAMEST's Board of Directors will approve the final selection of award recipients.

Content guidelines

Instructions for preparing nominations are meant to serve as guidelines; TAMEST encourages nominators to be innovative in presenting candidate accomplishments. The committee is looking for substantiation of achievements as well as significance of nominee accomplishments.


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